Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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The Unrivaled Legacy Of Avicenna--And How Much Of It He Owes To "Jacob The Jew"

Posted: 10 Aug 2010 10:47 AM PDT

The unrivaled legacy of Avicenna is an article by Kourosh Ziabari. Ziabari is actually as interesting as Avicenna is. From Wikipedia:
Kourosh Ziabari (Persian: کوروش ضیابری), (Born 27th of April 1991) is a young Iranian journalist, media correspondent and literary author. He was born in Rasht, the capital city of Guilan province, a littoral state of South Caspian Sea, where he grew up in a journalist family. He began learning English as a foreign language when he was 6 years old; thereafter he used to learn the essentials of journalism and mass communications under the supervision of his parents and soon became a junior journalist whose pieces and articles would appear in the local magazines and papers in Guilan.
If you check out the rest of the short Wikipedia article, you'll see that he has interviewed "political commentator and linguist" Noam Chomsky (ie, the radical) and "famous German political prisoner" Ernst Zündel (that would be the debunked Holocaust denier)--but also Nobel Prize laureates and intellectuals. 

he 19 year old's article notes Avicenna's greatness:
Historically, Iran has been a land of prominent, influential figures in science, letters, arts and literature whose impact on the global civilization will remain in place forever. Throughout its ancient history, Iran has introduced numerous people to the world who have been among the most impressive, notable and valuable figures in their own field of expertise. Although the European nations usually boast of being the foremost pioneers and harbingers in various fields of science and arts, they know well that they owe to the Persians the achievement of many peaks and breakthroughs which they introduce as being theirs. Persians have been traditionally skilful and dexterous in different branches of astronomy, mathematics, physics, medicine, psychiatry, architecture, philosophy, theology and literature and the unparalleled names of Ferdowsi, Rumi, Rhazes, Rudaki, Biruni, Al-Farabi, Al-Khawrizmi and Avicenna attest to the fact that Iran has been perpetually a land of science, knowledge and conscience in which cleverness grows and talent develops.
No doubt. Just one thing I'd like to point out for now: the debt that Avicenna owes to..."Jacob the Jew". Here is page 97 from Raphael Patai's The Jewish alchemists, from Google Books:

Personally, I think that it's great that Avicenna learned such wisdom from "Jacob the Jew" Pity that Iran hasn't. 

Latest Video From Latma: Obama's advisor & the PLO embassy

Posted: 10 Aug 2010 09:31 AM PDT

posted by Daled Amos

Congress Withholds Aid Following Lebanese Ambush--Obama Not On Board

Posted: 10 Aug 2010 09:15 AM PDT

Hopefully, this will send a message to Lebanon:

U.S. lawmakers said on Monday they were blocking U.S. funding for Lebanon's military after a deadly border clash last week between Lebanon and Israel.

Two key Democrats, Representatives Nita Lowey and Howard Berman, announced they were holding up $100 million that has been approved for Lebanon's army but not yet spent. A senior House Republican, Eric Cantor, said future funding should be stopped too, pending an inquiry.

That's as far as Congress is concerned--the White House, however, is not on board with this:

The State Department said the Obama administration was not planning to re-evaluate its military cooperation with Lebanon. Spokesman P.J. Crowley said officials were not aware of any U.S. equipment being used during the incident.

U.S. military cooperation program with Lebanon "is in the interest of both of our countries and regional stability as a whole," Crowley said. The United States has provided more than $720 million in aid to the Lebanese army since 2006.

This is not surprising, seeing as how back in May, a White House official publicly said that the U.S. wants to build up Hezbollah Moderates--a neat trick, considering first that Hezbollah is recognized as a terrorist organization by the US and therefore the US cannot communicate with them, and secondly: the US cannot deal with Hezbollah moderates because....oh yeah, there aren't any moderate Hezbollah terrorists.

Two other points vis-a-vis Spokesman Crowley:

First, the claim that Lebanon used American weapons to attack Israel is more than just a rumor and furthermore that photos confirm Lebanon used American weapons to attack Israel.

Secondly, considering how sure the US was that Hezbollah wouldn't get its hands on any of the $720 million it gave to the Lebanese army, it really should not be surprising that the US has given over $400 to Gaza.

After all, one terrorist organization is as trustworthy as another.

Funny that in neither case did the US make the money conditional on the release of kidnapped Israeli soldiers.

by Daled Amos

A Letter To Doctors Without Borders

Posted: 10 Aug 2010 08:17 AM PDT

Hat tip: The Blank Pages Of The Age

I received a copy of the following via email:-

The Chief Operational Officer,
Medcins Sans Frontiers
-Australian Office
-New York Office

Dear Sir/Madam

When my daughter wed in July 2006, in lieu of gifts she asked for donations to be made to Doctors without Borders / Medcins Sans Fontiers as our family had always supported the Group.

Well, I have a regret. 

 I've just read  a presentation by Alan Dershowitz - http://cgis.jpost.com/Blogs/dershowitz/entry/moonbats_against_israel_posted_by  which you too should read and think about. 

Doctors Without Borders erected borders when it comes to Israeli doctors who flew to the Congo to treat 50 local villagers who had been severely burned. 

The Israeli volunteers worked around the clock, treated the burn victims and trained local doctors to perform skin grafts, and donated tons of medical equipment. 

But  Doctors Without Borders refused to work with the Israeli medics and para medics and treated them "as though we were occupiers." - quoted one Israeli medic.

 Dr. Marie Pierre Allie, President of the French branch of the organization, said that Israel's self defense actions in Gaza were actually worse than the Darfur genocide in the Sudan. 

Only a blind moonbat could even make such a comparison!  

MSF has an apparent  problem with one democratic Jewish State  but  is quite at ease with the existence  and actions of 56 dysfunctional & corrupt Islamic states.

As one critic has put it well, "These are Doctors With Borders - but without scruples."

Perhaps you may wish to check out  http://theredhunter.com/2009/04/doctors_without_borders_running_cover_for_terrorists.php . - or just Google <"Doctors without Borders" Israel> and you will get more confirmation of the reactions around the world. 

My family will no longer donate to Doctors without Borders ( Medcins sans Frontiers) until this cynical, hateful and bitter culture towards Israel  - which obviously emanates from the top, ceases. 

I shall disseminate this email as widely as I can and shall ask recipients to forward it on also.
Posted by Daled Amos

Israel May Pull Out Of UN's Flotilla Probe--Ban Ki-Moon's Last Shot At Relevance

Posted: 10 Aug 2010 08:07 AM PDT

Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter; but this principle shall not prejudice the application of enforcement measures under Chapter VII.

Article 2 of the UN Charter

This quote from the UN Charter is applicable to the Goldstone Report and the legal mistakes Goldstone made in international law--and it also applies to the current UN investigation of the Mavi Marmara.

The fact is that Israel is going beyond its responsibility in recognizing, let alone participating, in the UN investigation of the ambush of IDF soldiers aboard the Mavi Marmara.

Therefore, if Israel does not want to have its soldiers interrogated, it is certainly within its rights:

Israel threatened Monday to pull out of a UN inquiry into a raid on a Turkish flotilla heading for Gaza, after the UN chief said there is no agreement that the panel will refrain from calling Israeli soldiers to testify.

Last week Israel agreed to participate in the UN probe into the May 31 raid, when nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed after naval commandos boarded a Turkish vessel aiming to break Israel's blockade on Gaza.

Officials said Israel's agreement was conditional on the panel relying on reports from Israel's own military inquiry, not testimony from soldiers.

But at a Monday news conference at UN headquarters on Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was asked whether he agreed not to call Israeli soldiers before the panel.

Of course, Ban Ki-moon has an awful lot riding on this investigation, so it is natural that he is going to want as much under UN control as possible in the investigation.

The Secretary General's term has been less that lackluster and Ban ki-Moon is trying to stay relevant:

Ban's list of accomplishments is meager and the prevailing image among diplomats and analysts in New York is that Ban is an uninspiring bureaucrat, lacking leadership skills, who has not left a mark on the UN during his four years at its helm.

"The Secretary General had several goals in forming a UN probe of the flotilla incident," a senior diplomat told Haaretz on Monday. "He aspires to be recognized as an active player in the Middle East and sees the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a potential way to strengthen his position." 

Above all, the diplomat said, Ban views the flotilla incident as a way to overshadow the recent accusations leveled against him.

Ban has as much, if not more, at stake here than Israel does.

by Daled Amos

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